04. Mantle surges; Maris hits first home run

24m | Apr 27, 2021

The New York Yankees embark on their first road trip of the 1961 season and Mickey Mantle continues his power show, surging ahead of his 1960 home run pace and that of Babe Ruth in 1927. Roger Maris also homers for the first time, but the Yankees stumble after starting the road trip with a victory in Baltimore.

Meanwhile, pitcher Whitey Ford comes in for some criticism from his pitching coach Johnny Sain and rumors abound the Yankees and Tigers could be talking trade for Detroit slugger and Bronx native Rocky Colavito.

And if that is not enough, popular, ex-Yankee Billy Martin is in the news, claiming he never started a fight.

All that and more in this latest episode of Baseball Sixty One.

Baseball Sixty One